The funding,£200,000 each for 10 new pilot sites, was to be welcomed, a group of five mental health organisations said, but more was needed to improve people's lives.
The new sites are to pilot greater access to cognitive behavioural therapy for people suffering from anxiety and depression, following successful trials in Newham and Doncaster.
Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: 'People still have to wait for years before they can access talking treatments, yet for years the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended them as a frontline treatment for depression.
'Investing more money in alternative treatments will lead to long-term savings, giving more people the best chance of recovery, so that they are able to go on to lead full lives in society.
'This is a welcome further move, but provision must be stepped up nationwide.'
The statement was supported by the Mental Health Foundation, Rethink, YoungMinds and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.